When you’re not working out, what’s the best workout for hamstring injuries?
Posted May 09, 2018 08:07:03The average person gets injured about once a week in the back of their calf, knee or hip, according to the Mayo Clinic.
This isn’t just a matter of the muscle being injured, but also of the structure of the calf and knee, said Dr. James Tull, a sports medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System.
“The Achilles tendon can flex very well and stretch the hamstring muscles, so it’s possible that when you have that flexion and stretch, the tendon is not properly flexed,” Tull said.
The Achilles is a small, flexible tendon that runs from the back and shoulders through the entire calf and up into the pelvis.
It is often injured when the calf is pulled during football practice, basketball games or a lot of other activities.
“What happens is, it’s like a spring loaded spring.
You’re pushing it up against the wall of your calf.
You’ll feel a slight stretch of the tendon,” Turl said.”
But when the Achilles is not fully flexed, the ligaments can get damaged and that can cause the tendon to fail,” Toulan said.
Athletes should focus on strengthening the hamstring, not the Achilles tendon, Tull added.
If the Achilles isn’t strong enough to bend the hamstring properly, a calf injury could occur.
If the Achilles and calf don’t have a good relationship, Toulann said, there could be issues with the Achilles’ tendon.
“The Achilles may not be strong enough because of how tight the calf muscles are, or the ligamentous attachments may not have been developed properly,” he said.
While hamstring exercises are usually safe, there is an increased risk of injury from hamstring strains, according the Mayo Center for Sports Medicine.
The Mayo Clinic said a calf strain is one of the most common injuries that athletes experience.
The best exercises to strengthen the hamstring are strengthening calf muscles, strengthening the ankle joint and strengthening the hip and knee.
Toulann also said it is important to rest the hamstring and keep the calf strong, so that it doesn’t need to be strained when lifting weights.
The ankle joint is a joint that connects the lower leg to the foot.
If you don’t rest your foot on the floor or on the ground, it can be more prone to injury, Tulann said.